Here's an idea I got from another thread, what if when this CBA debacle is all sorted, the NHL split into two leagues of 15 teams? the way it would work is the bottom two teams from tier 1 would be relegated to tier two, and the top two teams from tier 2 would come up each year. third place in tier two would play bottom third from tier 1 with the winner earning a place in the first tier. In my opinion the two tier system would put a stop to rewarding mediocrity *ala top draft picks* and instead punish teams by demoting them. there are a host of possible advantages and disadvantages to this idea, I'll let all you smart posters come up with them. Flame away!!